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Genghis Khan (known as Dschinghis Khan in their native Germany (German pronunciation: [ˈdʒɪŋɡɪs ˈkaːn]) ) was a West German pop band, created in 1979 to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest. The name of the band was chosen to fit the song of the same name, written and produced by Ralph Siegel with lyrics by Bernd Meinunger. Dschinghis Khan is the German spelling of Genghis Khan, the name of the historical figure who founded the Mongol Empire.
Their song "Moscow" was a big hit in Australia in 1980, staying at #1 for five weeks. The song had been used as the theme music for the Channel 7 coverage of the Olympic games held in Moscow in the same year.
While the group broke up in the mid-1980s, the German video for "Moskau" was a part of the show Disco on ZDF; as was their similarly-staged number "Dschinghis Khan".
The original members of the group were Louis Hendrik Potgieter, Steve Bender, Leslie Mándoki, Edina Pop and the husband and wife pair Wolfgang and Henriette Heichel.
The group re-formed in late 2005. They performed at the Olympiyski Arena in Moscow on December 17, 2005.
The band toured in 2006–2007 with singer/dancer group "The Legacy of Dschinghis Khan" and released the CD "7 Leben" (7 Lives). It was the band's first release since 2004's Best Of compilation "Jubilee".
On November 23, 2006, YouTube user, "Buffalax," posted a video that featured a live show of "Moskau" with a phonetic English translation subtitled across the bottom. The ridiculous lyrics, along with the grandoise dancing and feel of the video itself, made the video, Buffalax, and to an extent Genghis Khan famous on YouTube. As of October 15, 2010, the video has been viewed over 1.9 million times.
* Dschinghis Khan (1979)
* Rom (1980) (Rome)
* Viva (1980)
o Re-release of Rom without bonus tracks.
* Wir sitzen alle im selben Boot (1981) (We're all sitting in the same boat)
* Helden, Schurken & der Dudelmoser (1982) (Heroes, Roguess & the Dudelmoser)
* Corrida (1983) (The Bullfight)
* Huh Hah Dschinghis Khan - Ihre Grössten Erfolge (1993)
* Die Großen Erfolge (1999)
* Jubilee (2004)
* 7 Leben (2007) (7 Lives)
(only German releases)
* "Dschinghis Khan" (1979)
* "Moskau" (1979) (Moscow) (AUS: #1)
* "Hadschi Halef Omar" (1979) (Hadschi Halef Omar)
* "Rom" (1980)
* "Samurai" (1980)
* "Pistolero" (1981)
* "Loreley" (1981) (Lorelei)
* "Wir sitzen alle im selben Boot" (1981)
* "Klabautermann" (1982)
* "Der Dudelmoser" (1982)
* "Himalaja" (1983) (Himalaya)
* "Olé Olé" (1984)
* "Mexiko" (1985) (Mexico)
Under her real name of Yolanda Gigliotti, Dalida was born in Cairo on 17th January 1933.
She came from an Italian family which had emigrated to Egypt, and was the only daughter between two sons, Orlando her elder brother and Bruno, her younger. Their father Pietro, was the Principal Violinist for the Cairo Opera.
In her teenage years, she was destined to follow a career as a secretary. In 1951, she secretly entered a beauty pageant. Three years later, she took part in the Miss Egypt contest and won first prize. She was then hired as an actress to make films in Cairo, the Hollywood of the Middle East. There she was spotted by a French film producer. Yolanda, who had become Dalila, dreamt of Paris. Despite her family’s misgivings, on 24th December 1954, she caught a flight to Paris.
Times were hard. French cinema had no place for her. So in order to make ends meet, she took singing lessons. She was booked for a cabaret on the Champs Elysées, and later on at the Villa d'Este. She was introduced as the "Revelation of French Song".
Bruno Coquatrix had just bought an old Parisian cinema, the "Olympia", where he put on a variety show, "The Number Ones of Tomorrow". Dalila was invited and she chose to perform "Stranger in Paradise". On that occasion, she met two men: Lucien Morisse, Artistic Director of Radio Europe 1, and Eddy Barclay, a record producer. They had decided to discover the pearl that would help them launch both their respective businesses. Dalila, now having become DALIDA, seemed to be the artiste they needed.
She recorded her first single on the Barclay label, "Madonna", but it was with "Bambino" that Dalida would make her mark. It was an enormous success.
1956 was for Dalida a year full of success. She took her first steps on the stage at the Olympia as warm-up to Charles Aznavour. "Bambino" launched her into the arms of the public and they took to her enthusiastically. She was in great demand. By September the crowds were struggling at the doors to get in. From now on Dalida appeared on the covers of all the magazines. On 17th September 1957, the first gold disc was created for her. Lucien Morisse was becoming more than a Pygmalion for the young singer. Romance was blossoming between them. In 1958, she recieved an oscar from Radio Monte-Carlo, which she subsequently won seven years running. Then she went on a world tour. She returned triumphant to the Bobino Club.
Lucien Morisse continued to give her success after success to record. By this time she had become the favourite singer in France and led the charts ahead of the likes of Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel…! Their eagerly-awaited wedding seemed destined never to take place. On 8th April 1961, after a lot of procrastinating, Lucien and Dalida were married in Paris.
She invited her family to the French capital, then left on tour immediately following the wedding.
There was no honeymoon.
Lucien Morisse never even let her catch her breath: work, work, work. This affected their relationship. Dalida felt ill at ease. Some months later, she met Jean Sobieski at an event in Cannes. The love at first sight was reciprocal. Thus a barrier started to develop between her and Lucien Morisse. Despite her artistic debt to him, she wanted to find her freedom, something which her recently-married husband found difficult to accept.
Despite her new-found passion, Dalida didn't forget her career. Yeh-yeh was all the rage in France. In December 1961, she was at the Olympia. The future was far from being assured since Dalida was no longer just a new girl in the world of showbiz. It was however a triumph. That reassured the singer and her fans. For a whole month she filled the hall which contained more than two thousand fans per night. Then she went on tour, notably to Hong Kong and Vietnam, where she was a true idol.
In summer 1962, Dalida sang "Petit Gonzalez" and saw the same kind of success that she had had for some time now. That year, she bought a town house in Montmartre. The house, which resembled the castle of Sleeping Beauty, was perched on top of one of the most famous parts of Paris.
After her divorce from Lucien Morisse and having moved into this new house, Dalida ended up splitting from Jean Sobieski. She took a step back. She changed herself, becoming more sophisticated and continuing her self-learning process by reading more and more. On 4th August 1964, she completed her transformation by turning blonde.
On 3rd September, she took Olympia by storm again. She had by now become the favourite singer in France, having survived the yeh-yeh craze and still right in the middle of European variety music. In 1965, she sang "Zorba's Dance" to the music of Theodorakis who had composed the soundtrack to the film "Zorba the Greek". A new success. She dreamt of marriage but there wasn't a single suitor on the horizon. Songs took up all her time, between galas and recording. At the end of 1966, her younger brother Bruno, who for his own career reasons, had taken the forename of his older brother Orlando, took charge of his sister's career. Rosy, their cousin, had become the singer's secretary. All in the family.
4 AOUT 1964
In October 1966, the Italian record company RCA offered her a talented young writer-composer, Luigi Tenco. This tempestuous and confrontational man made a great impression on Dalida. For a new Italian campaign, the label decided to present its singer at the San Remo Festival. Luigi was asked to write the song. The two artistes had many meetings. A real passion was born between them. They decided that they would both perform at San Remo, at the Festival show of January 1967, singing the same song: "Ciao Amore". There was a lot of pressure because Dalida was a star in Italy and Luigi Tenco a young unknown. The couple took this occasion to announce to their close families that they would get married in April. Unfortunately, the evening turned into a tragedy. Luigi Tenco, extremely disturbed, under the effects of alcohol and tranquilisers, could not bear to see the prize go to other contenders. He berated the jury members and denounced the influence of money on the festival. Disgusted and misunderstood, he committed suicide in the room of his hotel. Dalida was distraught. Some months later, in desperation, it was her turn to attempt to take her life with the aid of sleeping pills.
In fact this unfortunate incident was to herald a new era in the career of Dalida. It was to be the beginning of the "Madonna" period where she wore a long white dress. The public devotion appeared to be eternal for "Saint Dalida", as she was nicknamed by the press.
The time of "Bambino" was over. Now she was reading a lot, taking an interest in philosophy, becoming passionate about Freud and taking up yoga. Henceforth her only reason to live would be to fortify her soul. But her career continued: she returned to Italy to take part in a famous TV show, and on 5th October 1967, was back on stage at the Olympia. A rebirth took place there and again it was a fresh triumph. In spring 1968, she left again on tour abroad. In Italy, she received the grand prix of song, "Canzonissima".
Always in search of herself, Dalida undertook several trips to India to follow the teachings of a wise man. At the same time, she underwent Jungian psychoanalysis. All this seemed to take her away from singing, but she didn't forget that part of her life. In August 1970, she had great success with "Darladiladada". In the autumn, she met Léo Ferré during a TV programme. As soon as she returned to Paris, she recorded "Avec le temps" which she made very popular. From now on she would only record songs which in her eyes had a poetical dimension. Bruno Coquatrix, owner of the Olympia, didn't believe in this new repertoire. Sensing his hesitation, Dalida decided to book the hall herself, for three weeks at the end of 1971. Her Pygmalion, Lucien Morisse, was no longer there to support her; he had committed suicide in September 1970. Dalida was really doubtful as she went on stage. But once again the success was immense.
She met Alain Delon again, a life-long friend, with whom she had had a passionate relationship in the 1960s. They had forgotten nothing of their friendship and now it was just as strong. They sang "Paroles Paroles" together in 1973. Soon this track went to number one in the charts in France, Europe and Japan.
The start of the 1970s was professionally very auspicious. Her new companion at that time, Richard Chanfray, who called himself "Count of Saint-Germain", seemed to be helping her a lot, a knight in shining armour with a somewhat strange personality, but nevertheless devoted to the singer. He gave her back a taste for life. Now she entered the phase of "Hollywood Star" where she thrust her femininity to the fore.
At the end of the year, she recorded "He Must Have Been 18". The track went to number one in nine countries, including Germany, where she sold 3½ million copies. On 15th January 1974, she took to the Olympia stage once more and finished off her performance with a new song "Gigi l'Amoroso". It lasted 7½ minutes, and included spoken and sung parts with several choruses. This track is still Dalida's best-selling hit worldwide, number one in twelve countries.
Then she left for a grand tour of Japan. At the end of 1974, she went to Quebec. Seevral months later, she went back again, before going to Germany. In February 1975, she received the French Academy Award for records.
A little while later, and to everyone's general surprise, Dalida threw herself whole-heartedly into an direction that no-one could have foreseen, the disco craze. Unrivalled pioneer in this area, her "J'attendrai version 75" was the first ever French disco single.
The 1970s also saw the birth of variety shows on television. She took advantage of this, since she was regularly invited to appear on TV in France and abroad.
In the Arab countries, Dalida was hugely appreciated. Everyone knew of her origins in Cairo, Egypt. That reinforced the link between her and the public there. Her return to Egypt in the 1970s and her travels to Lebanon gave her the idea to record in Arabic. In 1977 she took a traditional Egyptian folk song "Salma Ya Salama", and released it in France and the Middle East. The success was staggering. She eventually recorded it in five languages.
With "Génération 78" which was incidentally the first medley and the first French music video, she gained the opportunity of beating many other artistes at their own game. Now she was a show-woman of the first order, dressed in sumptuous sequinned gowns split to the thigh.
Americans love this kind of artiste, both glamorous and professional. They contacted her to come and give a show in New York. So on 29th November 1978, she took to the stage at Carnegie Hall. The crowd went wild. Dalida performed for the first time a song called "Lambeth Walk", with its1920s feel. The local press lapped it up. Dalida wallowed in her American success.
When she returned to France, she continued to record. During the summer of 1979, her new hit was called "Monday Tuesday". Dalida surfed the disco wave with ease, taking yet another fashion in her stride. In June, she returned to Egypt to perform. She was eagerly awaited there, not only by the public but also by the president Anwar Sadat. Then she went on a tour of the Emirates before returning to France.
The 1980s started off with a bang. Dalida, in all her glory, performed at the Palais des Sports in Paris from 5th to 20th January 1980 with an American-style show, with twelve costume changes, mountains of feathers and tons of costume jewellery. The star was surrounded by eleven dancers and 30 musicians. This was a real Broadway choreographed show, which lasted more than two hours. All eighteen shows were sold out. She was the first female star to have success on such a scale. As soon as it was over she went on a grand tour which finished in the autumn.
In 1981, after a sad break-up with the Count of Saint-Germain, Dalida as always, threw herself into her work so as to cover up her chaotic private life, where once again she found herself alone. She repeated the Palais des Sports show at the Olympia in March 1981. For the first time, a diamond disc was created for her, and she was the first to receive one for worldwide record sales. Not only was it to celebrate sales of 85 million records, but also 55 gold discs for records in in seven languages and for her career as a whole. Then, ever the indefatigable professional, she went on tour again.
The next two years were notable for the fact that she was in a favourable position based on her friendship with the new French President, François Mitterrand. Many critics gossiped about their relationship rather than commenting on her professional career.
In 1983, she recorded a new album which included such tracks as "Mourir sur scène" and "Lucas". On 20th July that year, another blow was to befall the singer. Richard Chanfray committed suicide in Saint-Tropez in the south of France. Dalida was very affected by the death of her former companion, to the extent that it altered her professional enthusiasm. People noticed a physical change in her.
In 1984, she left again on tour, by public demand. Then she visited Saudi Arabia for some recitals. In 1985, she underwent two ophthalmic operations which brought back terrible memories.
During her 37 years of uninterrupted success, she found the time to make several films, but she had to wait until 1986 for a real meaty role. She didn't mind making herself look older for Youssef Chahine's film "The Sixth Day", in which she showed what a great actress she could be. Critics praised her performance.
But from their ivory towers, even goddesses have crises of faith and suffer from heartache. Dalida wasn't immune to this. The endgame of all exceptional tragic stories was already underway. All the years of work had tired her out, she was exhausted. She felt more and more alone and sensed that as her artistic life had grown, that of the woman inside had shrunk. She had neither husband nor children and the years were beginning to weigh down on her.
She sang: "I want to die on stage… ".
But, thinking that life had nothing else to give her, she decided to go to sleep forever on the night of 2nd May 1987, and left her final message:
"Forgive me, life has become unbearable for me".
1956-1970 (Super 45 rpm)
(The titles are taken from the covers, if all the titles of the songs were on the cover, they are all the title here, if one of the title is bigger than the other, or somehow distinguished, he is the chosen one, like "Bambino" (bigger) or "T'aimer follement" (alone in a red heart). Also, some of the earlier records have "Volume XX" on them.)
* 1956 Madona / Mon cœur va / Flamenco bleu / Guitare flamenco, also "Volume 1"
* 1956 La violetera / Le torrent / Gitane / Fado, also "Volume 2"
* 1956 Bambino, also "Volume 3"
* 1957 Miguel, also as "Volume 4"
* 1957 Le ranch de Maria / Tu peux tout faire de moi / Quand on n'a que l'amour / Tu n'as pas très bon caractère, also "Volume 5"
* 1957 Lazzarella / Buenas noches mi amor / Scusami / Oh la la, also "Volume 6"
* 1957 Pour garder / Tesoro mio / Calypso italiano / Histoire d'un amour, also "Volume 7"
* 1957/58 Gondolier / Le jour où la pluie viendra / J'écoute chanter la brise / Pardon, also "Volume 8"
* 1958 Dans le bleu du ciel bleu (Nel blu dipinto di blu - Volare) / Dieu seul / La montagne / Les yeux de mon amour, also "Volume 9"
* 1958 Je pars, also "Volume 10"
* 1958 Aïe ! Mon Cœur, also "Volume 11"
* 1958 Les Gitans, also "Volume 12"
* 1958 Come prima (Tu me donnes), also "Volume 13"
* 1959 Amstramgram / Hava Naguila (Dansons mon amour) / Guitare et tambourin / Des millions de larmes
* 1959 Ciao, ciao Bambina (Piove)
* 1959 La chanson d'Orphée / Je te tiendrai les bras / Mes frères / Love in Portofino (A San Cristina)
* 1959 Ne joue pas / Marina / C'est ça l'amore / Marie Marie
* 1959 Luna caprese / Adonis / J'ai rêvé / Mélodie pour un amour
* 1960 T'aimer follement
* 1960 L'Arlequin de Tolède / Comme au premier jour / Vieni vieni si / S'endormir comme d'habitude
* 1960 Les enfants du Pirée
* 1960 Romantica
* 1960 Itsi bitsi petit bikini / Bras dessus bras dessous / Ô sole mio / Ni chaud, ni froid
* 1960 Joyeux Noël
* 1961 Ciao, ciao, mon amour / La joie d'aimer / Garde-moi la dernière danse / Les marrons chauds
* 1961 Canta in Italiano
* 1961 10 000 bulles bleues / Pépé / 24 000 baisers / Je me sens vivre
* 1961 Parlez-moi d'amour
* 1961 Protégez-moi, Seigneur / Tu peux le prendre / Avec une poignée de terre / Comme une symphonie
* 1961 Plus loin que la terre / Loin de moi / Tu ne sais pas / Cordoba
* 1962 Achète-moi un juke-box
* 1962 Le petit Gonzalès / À ma chance / Je ne peux pas me passer de toi / Toi tu me plais
* 1962 Je l'attends / Que sont devenues les fleurs? / Le jour le plus long / Petit éléphant twist
* 1963 Tu croiras / La partie de football / The cha cha cha / Bientôt (1ère version)
* 1963 Chez moi / Quand revient l'été / Le jour du retour / Loop de loop
* 1963 Eux
* 1964 Ding Ding / Papa achète-moi un mari / Ce coin de terre / Là il a dit
* 1964 Ils sont partis / Tant d'amours du printemps / Je ne sais plus / Ne t'en fais pas pour ça
* 1964 Chaque instant de chaque jour
* 1964 Amore scusami
* 1965 Canta in Italiano
* 1965 La danse de Zorba
* 1965 Viva la pappa / Hene ma tov / Le printemps sur la colline / La Sainte Totoche
* 1965 Il Silenzio (Bonsoir mon amour)
* 1966 (Manuel Benitez) El Cordobes / Toi pardonne-moi / Et... et... / Je crois mon cœur
* 1966 Je t'appelle encore / Modesty / Parlez-moi de lui / Baisse un peu la radio
* 1966 Petit homme / Je préfère naturellement / Un tendre amour / Dans ma chambre
* 1967 Mama / Ciao amore, ciao
* 1967 Pauvre cœur / La chanson de Yohann / Les grilles de ma maison / Les gens sont fous
* 1967 Je reviens te chercher / La banda / À qui ? / Loin dans le temps
* 1968 Si j'avais des millions / Tzigane
* 1968 Pars / La petite maison bleue / La bambola / Dans la ville endormie
* 1968 Le temps des fleurs
* 1969 L'anniversaire / Zoum zoum zoum
* 1969 Les violons de mon pays / Le vent n'a pas de mémoire / Et pourtant j'ai froid / Le sable de l'amour
* 1969 L'an 2005 / Naké di naké dou / Ma mère me disait / Les anges noirs
* 1969 Le clan des Siciliens
* 1970 Hey, love
* 1970 Pour qui pour quoi / Lady d'Arbanville / Si c'était à refaire / Entre les lignes entre les mots
* 1970 Darla dirladada
* 1970 Ils ont changé ma chanson / Ram dam dam
* 1971 Comment faire pour oublier / La rose que j'aimais
* 1971 Jésus bambino / Tout au plus
* 1971 Mamy blue
* 1971 Avec le temps / Monsieur l'amour
* 1972 Les choses de l'amour / Chanter les voix
* 1972 Mamina
* 1972 Jésus kitsch / Ma mélo-mélodie
* 1972 Le Parrain : Parle plus bas
* 1973 Dalida & Alain Delon : Paroles... paroles...
* 1973 Mais il y a l'accordéon
* 1973 Vado via
* 1973 Julien
* 1974 Gigi l'amoroso (Gigi l'amour) / Il venait d'avoir 18 ans
* 1974 Ta femme
* 1974 Manuel
* 1975 Dalida & St-Germain : Et de l'amour... de l'amour
* 1975 Mein lieber herr
* 1975 Ne lui dis pas
* 1976 J'attendrai
* 1976 Besame mucho / Parle-moi d'amour mon amour
* 1976 Le petit bonheur
* 1977 Captain Sky
* 1977 Amoureuse de la vie / Femme est la nuit
* 1977 Histoire d'aimer
* 1977 Remember... C'était loin
* 1977 Salma ya salama
* 1978 Dalida & Bruno Guillain : Génération 78
* 1978 Voilà pourquoi je chante
* 1978 Dalida & Bruno Guillain : Ça me fait rêver
* 1978 Le Lambeth Walk... C'était pas compliqué
* 1979 Helwa ya balady
* 1979 Problemorama
* 1979 Monday, Tuesday... Laissez-moi danser
* 1979 Let Me Dance Tonight
* 1979 Il faut danser reggae / Comme disait Mistinguett
* 1980 Gigi in Paradisco
* 1980 Rio do Brasil
* 1980 Chanteur des années 80 / À ma manière
* 1981 Il pleut sur Bruxelles / Et la vie continuera...
* 1981 Americana
* 1981 Quand je n'aime plus je m'en vais / Nostalgie
* 1981 Fini, la comédie / Marjolaine
* 1982 Danza
* 1982 Si la France / Jouez Bouzouki
* 1982 La chanson du Mundial '82
* 1982 Confidences sur la fréquence
* 1983 Les p'tits mots / Mourir sur scène
* 1983 Femme
* 1984 L'innamorata / Soleil
* 1984 Soleil soleil (New Mix) / Mediterraneo
* 1984 Kalimba de luna
* 1984 Pour te dire je t'aime (I Just Called to Say I Love You) / Kalimba de luna
* 1985 Reviens-moi
* 1985 Le temps d'aimer
* 1986 Salut salaud
* 1986 Le sixième jour
* 1987 Pour en arriver là
* 1988 Quelque part au Soleil
* 1989 Rendez-vous chaque soir
1990-2003 (Maxi CDs)
* 1990 Dalida Memories: Let Me Dance
* 1995 Jusqu'au bout du rêve
* 1995 Besame mucho
* 1996 La Mamma
* 1996 Là-bas dans le noir
* 1996 Darla dirladada (Disco 96 mix)
* 1997 La tumba
* 1997 Gigi in Paradisco (Paradisco Mix)
* 1997 Salma ya salama (Sueño Flamenco) with Sebastien Abaldonato
* 1998 Quand s'arrêtent les violons
* 1998 Flamenco "Oriental"
* 1998 T'es fier de toi ?
* 2001 Besame mucho
* 2001 Darla dirladada
* 2001 Laissez-moi danser (By Cerrone)
* 2003 Dalida & Serge Lama : Je suis malade with Serge Lama
Walter "Bunny" Sigler (born on March 27, 1941 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a pop and R&B songwriter and record producer who has done extensive work with the team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, and who was instrumental in creating the "Philly Sound" in the early 1970s. He is nicknamed "Mr. Emotion."
Sigler has worked with most of the artists associated with the Philadelphia stable including The O'Jays, The Roots, Jackie Moore, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Barbara Mason, Billy Paul, Lou Rawls, Patti LaBelle and Stephanie Mills. He also co-wrote "The Ruler's Back", the opening song on the widely respected and critically acclaimed album The Blueprint by Jay-Z.
Originally a performer, Sigler first recorded for the V-Tone Records label in 1959. He has also recorded for the Decca, Parkway, Gamble, Philadelphia International and Gold Mind labels. Gold Mind, headed by Philly guitarist/writer/producer/arranger Norman Harris was a subsidiary of Salsoul Records. In 1967, he had a hit record on Parkway: a cover of "Let the Good Times Roll/Feel So Good," which peaked at #22 in August.
Walter Sigler sang the "23rd Psalm" at the ceremony awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to the Tuskegee Airmen on March 29, 2007, at the United States Capitol.
On October 18, 2008, Sigler sang the United States National Anthem before the Kelly Pavlik vs. Bernard Hopkins boxing match.
In 2009, Sigler wrote a single and performed a number of concerts with Israeli hip hip jazz fusion group Coolooloosh.
* 1967: Let The Good Times Roll And Feel So Good (Parkway PS-50,000)
* 1974: That's How Long I'll Be Loving You (Philadelphia International)
* 1975: Keep Smilin (Philadelphia International)
* 1976: My Music (Philadelphia International)
* 1977: Locked In This Position (with Barbara Mason)
* 1977: Let Me Party With You (Gold Mind)
* 1979: I've Always Wanted To Sing...Not Just Write Songs (Gold Mind)
* 1980: Let It Snow (Sal-Soul)
* 2003: Let Me Love You Tonight (Grapevine Records)
* 2008: The Lord's Prayer (101 Distribution)
* 1996: The Best of Bunny Sigler: Sweeter Than the Berry (Sony/Legacy)
* 1998: Bunny Sigler (Sony Special Products)
* 2006: The Best of Philly Soul - Vol. 2 (That Philly Sound)
Songs performed by Sigler appear on 53 compilations (according to http://www.discogs.com/artist/Bunny+Sigler)
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* 1965 "For Crying Out Loud" US Decca
* 1966: "Comparatively Speaking" US Decca
* 1966: "Girl Don't Make Me Wait"
* 1967: "Let The Good Times Roll And Feel So Good"
* 1967: "There's No Love Left (In This Old Heart Of Mine)"
* 1970: "Don't Stop Doing What You're Doing"
* 1970: "Where Do The Lonely Go"
* 1972: "Heaven Knows I've Changed"
* 1973: "Theme For Five Fingers Of Death"
* 1974: "Keep Smilin'"
* 1975: "Shake Your Booty"
* 1976: "My Music"
* 1977: "Let Me Party With You (Party, Party, Party)"
* 1977: "Locked In This Position" (with Barbara Mason)
* 1979: "By The Way You Dance"
* 1979: "Glad To Be Your Lover"
* 1986: "What Would You Do Without Love"
* 2001: "Are You A Freak (Like Me?)" (with Prince Dred)
The Brothers Johnson is a band consisting of American musicians, and brothers, George aka 'Lightnin' Licks' and Louis Jagger Johnson aka 'Thunder Thumbs'.
Guitarist/vocalist George and bassist/vocalist Louis formed the band Johnson Three Plus One with older brother Tommy, and their cousin Alex Weir, while attending school in Los Angeles, California. When they became professionals, the band backed such touring R&B acts as Bobby Womack and the Supremes. George and Louis Johnson later joined Billy Preston's band, and wrote Music in My Life and The Kids and Me for him before leaving his group in 1973. In 1976, The Brothers covered the Beatles' song, Hey Jude, for the ephemeral musical documentary All This and World War II.
Quincy Jones hired them to play on his LP Mellow Madness, and recorded four of their songs, including Is It Love That We're Missing? and Just a Taste of Me.
After touring with various artists like Bobby Womack and Billy Preston, Quincy Jones hired them for a tour in Japan and produced their debut album Look Out For #1, released in March 1976 (#9 U.S.) Their Right On Time album was released in May 1977 and reached number 13 on the Billboard Hot 200. Blam!! came out in August 1978 and reached number 7 on the Billboard 200.
Two of the duo's songs were featured on the soundtrack of the 1976 film Mother, Jugs & Speed. The instrumental track Thunder Thumbs and Lightnin' Licks refers to the brothers' nicknames. Get the Funk Out Ma Face was cowritten with Quincy Jones.
Their popular album Light Up The Night was released in March 1980 and rose to number 5 on the Billboard 200. It was number 46 on the "Top 100 LPs of 1980" list in Rolling Stone Magazine. The subsequent album, Winners, was self-produced by the brothers and released in July 1981, but was less successful, going only as high as number 48 on the Billboard 200.
Among their most popular songs are I'll Be Good to You (Billboard Hot 100 #3 in 1976), Strawberry Letter 23 (Hot 100 #5 in 1977), Ain't We Funkin' Now (1978), and Stomp! (Hot 100 #7 and Hot Dance Music/Club Play #1 in 1980). Their styles include funk, disco, and R&B ballads. In addition, each album would include an instrumental cut or more which would either be considered lite jazz (Tomorrow 1976, Q 1977 Similin' On Ya 1980 & Tokyo 1984) or Funk (Thunder Thumbs & Lightning Licks 1976, The Brother Man 1976, Mista Cool 1978 & Celebrations 1980)
The duo split up in 1982 resulting in brief solo careers for the brothers.
Louis Johnson's solo work
They started doing separate ventures; Louis Johnson played bass on Michael Jackson's Thriller and recorded a gospel music album in 1981 with his own group Passage, which included his then-wife Valerie Johnson and former Brothers Johnson percussionist/singer, Richard Heath. Louis recorded a single in 1985 called "Kinky," released on Capitol Records. The track appears on his Evolution album, which was released that same year only in Europe. Louis then started to register his bass skills on video, and accomplished about 3 instructional lesson-tapes for the Starlicks video-distribution company, from which the first release was also in 1985. He continued this initiative by starting his bass academy during the 1990s and giving workshop clinics to this day, via his own website.
George Johnson's solo work
George Johnson released one single in 1985, titled "Back Against The Wall," on Quincy Jones' own Qwest label. There seems to be a complete recorded but unreleased-album from that recording session, which George himself confirmed when he and Louis were interviewed around 1987/1988 for the Blues & Soul magazine in the United Kingdom (see link below). In addition to these solo projects, George delivered guitar work for Steve Arrington's album Dancing In The Key Of Life (1985) and had ad-libbed vocals on the track "Think Back And Remember" from the Galaxian album by the Jeff Lorber Fusion, released in 1981 on Arista Records.
Various 1980s Reunions and Other Projects
The brothers did reunite briefly in 1984 to record an album. Produced by Leon Sylvers, the resulting LP, Out of Control did not equal their past success, but did garner them another R&B hit with "You Keep Me Coming Back." After an interim period, the duo regrouped again to record Kickin' in 1988. The album-title of the Kickin project was a collaboration with Irene Cara, who was then their neighbor. Although this album saw even more limited success, it did include the minor hit, "Kick it to the Curb."
In between those two albums, both George and Louis released their aforementioned solo material. The brothers also both appeared on the Street Shadows album of keyboard-player/arranger David Diggs, who formerly provided horn and string arrangements for albums like Winners, Blast, and the Passage project of Louis. "Last Night," the opening track on that David Diggs album, shows George's versatility to perform on the bass guitar as well. He previously showed his bass skills on tracks like "Teaser" from Winners and "The Great Awaking" from Blast, the same way that Louis shows his guitar skills on various compositions of the sibling duo.
In addition, during this time, the band's song "Tomorrow" (originally an instrumental on the B-side of "Get The Funk Out My Face") was recorded with vocals sung by Tevin Campbell for Quincy Jones' Back on the Block release in 1989. This album also included Jones' hit remake of the Brothers Johnson's "I'll Be Good to You," featuring Ray Charles and Chaka Khan.
The 2002 re-union tour
Besides a brief appearance of the brothers in Japan around 1994, and George making a guest-appearance in the 1990s on a concert in Japan (including a released double-CD) of the Graham Central Station, the duo launched an expanded US tour in 2002 which got positive, wide exposure. It was visited by many fans and various artists in the entertainment business. Along with a website and discussion-forum, online visitors could share their experiences of the shows by reliving the hey-days of Funkadelala and wander through the Land of Ladies. A few years after that, a combi-release of live-CD + DVD came on the market under the name of Strawberry Letter 23: Live.
Until recently, the brothers have been doing performances on their own. In 2006, Louis gave a duo-show with a drummer, on the Poetry In Motion 1 Festival, Maryland. In late 2007, George performed with his own band at a Detroit-Festival, including a persona called Sir Nose. George also performs these days with a special band, including Adina Howard, Cherrelle, Ray Parker Jr., and a few more artists, which is an initiative of Michael Henderson.
Year Album Chart Positions Label
US US R&B
1976 Look Out For #1 9 1 A&M
1977 Right On Time 13 1
1978 Blam ! 7 1
1980 Light Up The Night 5 1
1981 Winners 48 -
1982 Blast ! - -
1984 Out of Control 91 20
1988 Kickin' - -
 Live Albums
Year Album Chart Positions Label
US US R&B
2004 Strawberry Letter 23: Live - - -
Year Single Chart Positions Album
R&B US US
1976 "I'll Be Good to You" 1 3 - Look Out for # 1
"Get The Funk Out Ma Face" 1 30 -
"Free and Single" 26 103 -
1977 "Strawberry Letter # 23" 1 5 - Right On Time
"Runnin' For Your Lovin" 20 107 -
"Love Is" 50 - -
1978 "Ride-O-Rocket" 45 104 - Blam !
"Ain't We Funkin' Now" 45 102 -
1980 "Stomp!" 1 7 1 Light Up The Night
"Light Up The Night" 16 - -
"Treasure" 36 73 -
1981 "The Real Thing" 11 67 - Winners
"Dancin' Free" 51 - -
"Have You Heard The Word" - - - Passage
1982 "Welcome To The Club 13 - - Blast !
1982 "I'm Giving You All Of My Love" - - -
1984 "You Keep Me Coming Back" 12 102 22 Out of Control
1985 "Back Against The Wall" - - - Unreleased (George Johnson solo)
"Kinky" - - - Evolution (Louis Johnson solo album)
1988 "Kick It To The Curb" 52 - - Kickin'
"Party Avenue" - - -
* 1977 - Right on Time
* 1980 - Stomp
* 1981 - The Real Thing
* 1988 - Kick It to the Curb
Claudia Cardinale is a well know italian actress, famous for her play in the magnificent italo-western "Once Upon a Time in the West". But did you knew that she was a singer as well? Here is now her lovely song "Love Affair", made in 1977 - unfortunately only in a cutted version released on a sampler of that year...
Thursday, November 11, 2010
"I'm Coming Out" is a hit single released by Motown singer Diana Ross in 1980, written and produced by Chic members Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers for her album diana (1980).
The song was a hit, peaking at number five on the U.S. Pop Singles chart. It is also notable for being the first song usually performed at Ross' performances and concerts since 1980.
Rodgers convinced his neighbor, producer Meco Monardo, to contract the horns for the album in return for a commitment by Rodgers to co-produce Monardo's then-upcoming album of music from Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Monardo, a former first-call session player who had a string of hits in the late 1970s with disco versions of film music, also played trombone on the album and is featured in a solo towards the end of "I'm Coming Out":
Nile recorded all the tracks and vocals and called me and my horn section for a 3-hour date. We had a great time, as the songs were fabulous—especially "Upside Down" and "I'm Coming Out". We sounded great—Nile was pleased and as I was packing up, he asked me to stay and play a jazz trombone solo on one of the tracks. I said, "Nile, there are a lot of hit records with jazz saxophone solos—even some with jazz trumpet solos, but not one with a trombone"!! He said. "That's exactly why I want you to do it"!! I was a little bit rusty at first as I hadn't had a call to play jazz in years, so we ended up with four separate tracks of solos, with the intention of picking the best parts to make one great solo when later he went to mix it. I reminded Nile of our agreement and he said he was looking forward to 'The Empire Strikes Back' as he was a Star Wars fan himself.
Trombone solos have been rare on top forty songs in the post-big band era and especially so since the 1960s. Notable exceptions include brief solos by James Pankow on a handful of early Chicago hits and Clifford Adams' brief solo on Kool & the Gang's 1983 hit "Joanna". The pitch in Monardo's solo is unusually indistinct for an instrumentalist of his stature, which he later explained was due to problems in the final mixing of the track:
Weeks went by when I heard through the grapevine that Diana Ross was incredibly unhappy with the album. She thought Nile and Bernard made her sound like Chic. She took the master tapes from Power Station and went to Motown in Detroit to remix the record. When it came out, her early interviews were very unenthusiastic about it and Nile and Bernard, her producers. Well, as we all know, this turned out to be her biggest-selling solo album ever. "Upside Down" was a monster Number-One single and "I'm Coming Out" was a top-ten single.
It turned out that when the engineer at Motown saw the track listings of Meco 1-2-3-4, he just assumed that Track 1 was THE track and never listened to the others, and so that's what is on the record. So, I'm extremely proud to say that my solo is the only jazz trombone solo of a top-ten pop hit in the last 50 years! But - it wasn't my best - that, unfortunately lies in the vaults at Motown.
The dispute with Ross lead to none of musicians being credited on the album cover and also may have had a part in Rodgers backing out of his commitment to Monardo's Meco Plays Music from The Empire Strikes Back album. However, Rodgers and Ross later mended their professional relationship and subsequent digital releases of the album credit Monardo and the other musicians. A 2003 two-disk release of the album included as a bonus track the Rodgers/Edwards mix originally rejected by Ross.
Stephanie Dorthea Mills (born March 22, 1957) is an American R&B and soul singer, a former Broadway star, and was originally given the title as "the little girl with the big voice."
Mills began her career appearing in her first play at the age of 9. Two years later, Mills won Amateur Night at the world-famous Apollo Theater a record six times. The victory lead to her being cast in her first Broadway role, the orphaned child of a runaway slave in the musical Maggie Flynn.
In 1973, Mills' musical recording career was launched when she was signed to Paramount records by Michael Barbiero, and her first single "I Knew It Was Love" was released. She was later signed to Motown. Her first two albums there failed to generate a buzz as the label couldn't find Mills' sound, and she left the label in 1976.
In 1975, Mills' career took a rise when she portrayed Dorothy in an African-American adaptation of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz entitled The Wiz, where she began dating Michael Jackson. Filled with a more urban style of music and scenery, The Wiz made Mills a star particularly because of her stellar performance of the song "Home." It would become her signature tune for years, and would be covered later by Diana Ross for the big-screen adaptation three years later and by Whitney Houston for her dramatic musical performance debut on TV in the early 1980s.
Musical success was elusive until 1979, when signed under the 20th Century Fox record label, Mills found her breakthrough in disco music, recording songs such as "Put Your Body In It," "You Can Get Over," and "What Cha Gonna Do With My Lovin'." The resulting album, What Cha Gonna Do With My Lovin, was Mills' first gold record.
She quickly followed the success with 1980's Sweet Sensation, which featured Mills' biggest hit to date, the Reggie Lucas-produced "Never Knew Love Like This Before". The single became a #12 R&B and #6 Pop hit in 1980, even reaching #4 in the UK. 1981's Stephanie featured a top hit for her and Teddy Pendergrass entitled "Two Hearts," while her 1983 album, Merciless, featured her hit cover of Prince's "How Come You Don't Call Me Anymore?", as well as the #3 dance chart hit "Pilot Error", which was her first dance hit in the U.S. In 1984, Mills had her second UK hit with "The Medicine Song" (#29), which also reached #1 on the U.S. dance chart.
Success for Mills had peaked until 1985, when her version of the Angela Winbush-penned "I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love," hit #1 on the R&B singles chart. Mills truly returned, however, with her next release, If I Were Your Woman in 1987 under MCA Records, which she was now signed. The hits from the album include the title track, originally a hit for Gladys Knight & the Pips in 1971; a three-week #1 R&B hit, "I Feel Good All Over" (a song her label mate Patti LaBelle didn't want to cover); and "You're Puttin' a Rush on Me," to name a few of the songs released. The album reached platinum status. That same year, she appeared in the NBC TV special, Motown: Merry Christmas along with many other musical artists and actors, performing the song, Christmas Everyday, which was written by actor/comedian Redd Foxx.
Mills' success continued with 1989's Home album. The hits from that album include "The Comfort of a Man," the title track, a cover of her old standard from The Wiz and another song penned by Winbush titled "Something in the Way You Make Me Feel." It became another platinum record for Mills.
Mills would record one more album (1992's Something Real) and a Christmas album before being released from her contract with MCA in 1992. Mills released a live gospel recording in 1995 on GospoCentric Records entitled Personal Inspirations. The set was produced by Donald Lawrence and featured a spiritualized retooling of her hit "I Have Learned To Respect The Power Of Love." Thereafter, Stephanie took a break from recording to care for her son.
Mills returned to musical theater in 1997, playing the lead in a major production of Stephen Schwartz's Children of Eden in New Jersey, which Schwartz has called "the definitive production" of the show. Mills was heavily featured in the soundtrack CD that resulted from this production.
In 2000, Mills began a comeback with singles recorded with BeBe Winans and rapper DMX to name a few. She made a comeback in independently-releasing Born For This (released on Expansion Records in the UK) on 3 August 2004. Her first single in over a decade, "Can't Let Him Go," garnered buzz at urban contemporary radio. Mills is currently touring. A 2-disc, career-spanning greatest hits compilation entitled Gold was released by Hip-O/Universal Music earlier last year. Mills just finished production of a live DVD recorded at BB Kings in New York which will be sold online and at her shows.
Mills made an appearance in the 2007 gospel TV series Sunday Best and was recently featured in a live interview on The Yolanda Adams Morning Show, where she mentioned that she now has her own record label (JM Records).
Mills performed prior to Pope Benedict XVI celebrating Mass at Yankee Stadium in New York on April 20, 2008.
In a recent interview Mills stated that she would be releasing her Live CD during the end of this year and that Live CD will include two new tracks.
Her new album entitled "Breathless" is set to be released soon. Her New Single "Yesterday" is available for download on iTunes.
 Personal life
Stephanie is the fifth of six children. She was born and raised predominantly in Brooklyn, NY. She was romantically involved with Michael Jackson for a short period of time while she was doing The Wiz.
In 1992 Ebony Magazine reported that Mills had been married in the '70s for a brief period, to Jeffrey Daniel from the soul group Shalamar and again in the mid-80s to Dino Meminger but that both marriages had ended in less than two years. "I also wanted to know why my relationships never made it to two years. I knew it was me," says Mills. "You can't blame it on another person. That's where a lot of women go wrong... carrying over from a bad relationship to a new relationship."
Mills married a third time to Charlotte, NC radio program manager Michael Saunders in 1993 in a wedding ceremony performed by Minister Louis Farrakhan. The couple divorced sometime later.
In an interview with Soul Music in 2002, Mills said that she had a son, Farad. Mills would not comment on the identity of Farad’s father other than to say that she is not married and that her ex-husband Michael Saunders is not Farad’s father. Mills added that giving birth “was the best thing I’ve ever done. It was amazingly wonderful and I wish I had started earlier. I might have had two or three before but I had some problems before in being able to have children. But things work out when they’re supposed to…now I’m a single working parent and loving it!"
In an interview with Windy City Times in 2010, Mills said that she presently makes her home in Charlotte, NC and that her son, Farad has Down's Syndrome. "The Shriners are celebrating their 88th anniversary, and they have 22 hospitals nationwide," says Mills. "And what I love is even my son—I have a child with Down’s syndrome—can get access to the best spinal-cord doctors in the country."
Main article: Stephanie Mills discography
* Movin In The Right Direction – 1974
* For The First Time – 1975
* Love Has Lifted Me – 1976
* What' Cha' Gonna Do With My Lovin – 1979
* Sweet Sensation – 1980
* Stephanie – 1981
* Tantalizingly Hot – 1982
* Merciless – 1983
* I've Got The Cure – 1984
* Stephanie Mills (self titled) – 1985
* If I Were Your Woman – 1987
* Home – 1989
* Christmas – 1991
* Something Real – 1992
* Personal Insparations – 1995
* Born For This! – 2004
* Breathless (coming soon) – 2010
* 1974 – nominated for Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress - Musical ("The Wiz").
* 1979 – nominated for American Music Award: Favorite Female Artist - Soul / Rhythm & Blues.
* 1980 – won Grammy Award: Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance - Female ("Never Knew Love Like This Before").
* 1980 – nominated for an American Music Award: Favorite Female Artist - Soul / Rhythm & Blues
* 1980 – nominated for Young Artist Awards: Best Young Musical Recording Artist - Female ("Two Hearts").
* 1981 – nominated for a Grammy Award: Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance - Female (Stephanie).
* 1981 – won American Music Award for Favorite Female Artist - Soul / Rhythm & Blues
* 1983 – nominated for a Grammy Award: Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance - Female ("Merciless").
* 1989 – nominated for American Music Award: Favorite Female Artist - Soul / Rhythm & Blues
Billboard #1 Singles Feel The Fire Home I Feel Good All Over I Have Learned To Respect The Power Of Love Never Knew Love Like This Before Something In The Way You Make Me Feel Sweet Sensation The Medicine Song What Cha Gonna Do With My Lovin You're Puttin A Rush On Me 1980 Grammy Award for "Never Knew Love Like This Before"
Top 10 # 1 Singles List Comfort Of A Man Pilot Error Secret Lady Stand Back
Syreeta is the fourth solo album by Motown recording artist and American singer-songwriter Syreeta Wright (also known as "Syreeta"), released by the Tamla label on April 26, 1980. It's also the second album to be titled Syreeta after her 1972 debut album. The album was released shortly after Wright's duet with Billy Preston, "With You I'm Born Again", gave her the biggest charted success of her career. The album included Wright's take of her famous compositions, "I Blame It On the Sun", which she wrote for ex-husband Stevie Wonder's Talking Book and a funky take on Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)", which she also co-wrote. Wright provided lyrics and composition on several other songs such as "Let Me Be the One", "You Bring Out The Love In Me", "He's Gone" and "Love Fire". Wright also collaborated with Preston on the album with the duet, "Please Stay". The album features a smiling Wright in her trademark multi-colored braids.
 Track listing
All songs written and composed by Syreeta Wright unless otherwise noted.
1. "Blame It On The Sun" (Wonder/Wright) (4:20)
2. "Let Me Be The One" (Bill Withers, Skip Scarborough) (4:01)
3. "You Bring Out The Love In Me" (3:30)
4. "Please Stay" (with Billy Preston) (Preston/Shire) (4:18)
5. "He's Gone" (3:27)
6. "Love Fire" (4:51)
7. "Here's My Love" (3:27)
8. "Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)" (Wonder/Hardaway/Garrett/Wright) (3:27)
9. "Dance For Me Children" (2:52)
10. "One More Time for Love" (3:51)
11. "One More Time for Love (reprise)" (0:58)
R.I.P. Viola Wills (December 30, 1939 - May 06, 2009)
From the 1980 OOP Ariola vinyl LP "Viola Wills - If You Could Read My Mind". Originally sung by Doris Day in her film "Calamity Jane", it also became a #1 hit for her in
1954, then later became an up-tempo hit for Billy Stewart. in 1966.
Viola Wills (December 30, 1939—May 6, 2009) was an American pop singer, best known for the 1979 UK Singles Chart #8 and U.S. Hot Dance Club Play #52 hit, "Gonna Get Along Without You Now". Other hits included further covers of the songs, "Both Sides Now" (#35 UK) (1986), and "If You Could Read My Mind" (#2 U.S. Hot Dance Club Play) (1980).
Born Viola Mae Wilkerson in the Watts district of South Los Angeles, Wills was already married from her teens and was the mother of six children before the age of 21 when, in 1965, she was discovered by Barry White who signed her to Bronco Records and rechristened her with the shorter stage surname of Wills.. She started her career at the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music and, over the following years, in addition to working with White, also performed with Joe Cocker, Smokey Robinson and many other established recording artists of the era. It was while working in London as one of Cocker's backing vocalists (dubbed the "Sanctified Sisters") that she worked on and released her solo debut album of self-penned originals titled Soft Centers, backed by Cocker's session players.
Wills' first major break into the mainstream came in 1979 with her cover version of "Gonna Get Along Without You Now" (the song's release date was May 14, 1979) which started a string of dance hits and Wills' subsequent title of a "disco diva". Determined to have a career writing and singing her own songs, Wills recorded and charted her first original hit "Dare To Dream", followed by her version of "Both Sides Now" in London. All three of the songs would land Wills in the Guinness Book of Records. In 1982 her cover of "Stormy Weather" hit #4 in the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart.
Eventually Wills took a break and returned to America to work on a college degree in music therapy. During this period she wrote and produced her one-woman show 'Willspower'. Also, by this time she had divorced her first husband and, around 1982, married Robert Ashmun with whom, in 1983, she formed the record label RVA (Robert Viola Ashmun) and used it to release a number of songs, including "Wall", "Space" and "If These Walls Could Speak".
A demand for 1980s music brought Wills back to Europe. With this new commitment she formed a new band and created her own unique style of music "Jazzspel", a mix of jazz and gospel. Most of the band members were graduates of Brighton University. Some of the UK venues Wills has appeared on, or at, were Top of The Pops (October 11, 1979), Pebble Mill, Soul Train (October 30, 1971 [Season 1, Episode 5] where she performed the song "Sweetback"), Later... with Jools Holland, Ronnie Scott's, Never Mind the Buzzcocks (February 17, 2003 [Season 12, Episode 7]) and a residency at Joogleberry Playhouse in Brighton.
Although Wills has not had a mainstream U.S. hit to date, she is popular among the nation's gay community and her singles are popular in dance clubs and a number of her recordings are found in various compilations, including "No News Is News", "A House Is Not a Home", "If You Could Read My Mind", "Up On The Roof", "Love Pains", "Let's Love Now", "Take One Step Forward" (by Wills and Noel McCalla), and "Always Something There to Remind Me".
Wills died of cancer on May 6, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona at 8:27am Pacific Time. Her funeral was held at the Macedonia Abbey Baptist Church in Los Angeles on May 15, 2009.
"If You Could Read My Mind" is a song by Canadian singer/songwriter Gordon Lightfoot. It reached number one on Canadian music charts and was his first recording to appear on the American music charts, reaching number four on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in January 1971. Later in the year, it reached number thirty in the UK. Lightfoot has cited his divorce for inspiring the lyrics, saying they came to him as he was sitting in a vacant Toronto house one summer.
This song first appeared on Lightfoot's 1970 album Sit Down Young Stranger. The success of the single led Lightfoot's label, Reprise Records, to retitle the album after the song. The song also reached number one for one week on the Billboard Easy Listening chart . The song was the first of four Lightfooted releases to reach number one.
* The song was covered on Barbra Streisand, on her 1970 album, Stoney End.
* In 1980, Viola Wills, peaked at number two for five weeks on the dance/disco charts with a dance version of the song..
* The house music collective Stars on 54, recorded a version of the song for the 1998 film, 54, reaching number three on the dance charts.
The song has been covered by many other artists, including Don Williams, Johnny Cash, Duane Steele, Don McLean, Kalan Porter, Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, Olivia Newton-John, Liza Minnelli, Glen Campbell, Gene Clark, The Spotnicks, Aurora featuring Marcella Detroit, Amber, Gordon Haskell, and Beckie Menzie.
Country music artist Dwight Yoakam performs the song in his live sets on a regular basis.
It has also been used in motion pictures and television shows, including:
* Paperback Hero (1973), starring Keir Dullea and Elizabeth Ashley
* Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
* 54 (1998) By: *Stars on 54 (Amber, Ultra Naté, and Jocelyn Enriquez)
* Trigger Happy TV (2000)
* Wonderland (2003)
* Cold Case episode Honor (2005)
* We Are Marshall (2006)
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
The Queen Samantha was a 1970s disco artist produced by the Parisian musician Harry Chalkitis. Gloria Brooks, a singer from Chicago, was the lead vocalist on many of their recordings. All of their songs were co-written by Chalkitis and his wife Myriam (except a charting cover version of "The Letter" (originally by The Box Tops)). Chalkitis recorded the tracks while living in Paris, and the records were released on Atoll Records a French label. In the USA the records were released by Henry Stone's Marlin label.
The group's biggest hit was "Mama Rue," a 1970s' classic. Their single "Take A Chance" backed with "Sweet San Francisco" was released on TK Records and remixed by Steve Thompson and Michael Arato. Other charting singles include 1980's "Funky Celebration"; 1982's "Give Me Action"; and 1983's "Close Your Eyes" on California's Megatone label.
* The Letter, 1978
* Queen Samantha, 1979
* Sweet San Francisco, 1979
* Take A Chance, 1979
* Mama Rue (C'est Moi), 1980
* Give Me Action, 1982
* Close Your Eyes, 1983
* Disco Boum N° 3, 1983
* Ghetto Discothèque, 2002
From the 1978 LP "saturday night disco party" (SSLM4001 (uk)) on Salsoul records. Was one of three Bee Gees covers on the album ("night fever" and "you should be dancing" being the other two), the rest of the album was a Salsoul greatest hits compilation.
The Salsoul Orchestra was the backing band for acts on Salsoul Records. It was formed 1974 in New York., U.S. and disbanded in 1982. Their music featured elements of Philly Soul, Funk, Latin Music and disco. The Salsoul Orchestra included up to 50 members with instrumental section, arrangers and conductors. The Salsoul Orchestra was conducted by Vincent Montana Jr.(1975- 1978)
Production duties came,from 1978 to 1983, by Tom Moulton, Stan Lucas, Patrick Adams & Bunny Sigler.
The Salsoul Orchestra consisted of the most of the original members of MFSB, who had moved on to Salasoul as the result of a disagreement with Gamble & Huff over finances. Other members began performing as The Ritchie Family orchestra, and John Davis and the Monster Orchestra. On later MFSB recordings, Gamble & Huff uses a new rhythm section which caused them to have a slightly different sound.
Their song, "Love Break (Ooh I Love It)" has been sampled in rap songs such as 50 Cent's "Candyshop" and Eric B & Rakim's "Paid in Full", but most notably in Madonna's "Vogue".
* "Salsoul 3001"
* "Dance Little Bit Closer" feat Charo
* "Sun After The Rain"
* "It's Good For The Soul"
* "Salsoul Hustle"
* "Resorts International"
* "212 North 12th"
* "How High" feat Cognac
* "Seconds" & "Take Some Time Out" featuring Jocelyn Brown
* "You're Just The Right Size" (1975)
* "Chicago Bus Stop" (1976)
* "Tangerine" (1976) - Billboard Hot 100 - # 18
* "Nice 'N' Naasty" (1976) - #30
* "Runaway" (1977) featuring Loleatta Holloway, covered in 1996 by Nuyorican Soul with musicians from the Salsoul Orchestra
* "Staying Alive" & "You Should Be Dancing" (by BeeGees) & "Somebody to Love" (Jefferson Airplane) & Getaway by Earth, Wind & Fire
Solomon Burke (March 21, 1940 – October 10, 2010) was an American singer/songwriter. During the half-century that he performed, he drew from his roots: gospel, soul,disco and blues, as well as developing his own style at a time when R&B, and rock were still in their infancy. In 2001, Burke was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a performer. His album Don't Give Up on Me won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album at the 45th Grammy Awards in 2003.
French disco; based on Claudja Barry's song "Johnny, Johnny Please Come Home"
Tina Charle's hit "I'll Go Where the Music Takes Me" which was also done by Jimmy James on Casablanca Records
Tina Charles also came out with "You Set My Heart On Fire" and was also the vocalist on a 5000 Volts track called "I'm On Fire" in 1976.
This is brilliant, infectious electrodisco at the very beginning of the hi-NRG sound, which would continue through to the mid 80s. “Giving Up Giving In” is the signature song of the Three Degrees’ late 70s collaboration with electrodisco pioneer Giorgio Moroder.
This song comes on hyper-strong and never lets go. Listen carefully to how stacked the backing vocals are. The best word I can find to describe them is bewitching.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
I Remember Yesterday is the fifth original album by American singer Donna Summer.
Side One of the LP saw Summer "remembering yesterday" by combining the electronic disco sound with sounds of the 1940s ("I Remember Yesterday"), 1950s ("Love's Unkind") and 1960s ("Back in Love Again"). Side Two consisted of two pop/disco tracks, a ballad and finished with a disco song supposedly representing "the future" that would become one of the most famous songs of that genre - "I Feel Love".
As with Summer's last few albums, different record labels distributed her work in different nations. Some of the labels chose to release the ballad "Can't We Just Sit Down (And Talk It Over)" as the first single, with "I Feel Love" as the B-side. However, the impact of the song was so huge that it was soon released internationally as an A-side. Previous disco tracks had usually been backed by an acoustic orchestra, and it has been reported that this was the first ever track to use an entirely synthesized backing track, which would later help develop genres of music such as dance and techno. Summer's repetitive vocals over the backing track helped make the song a massive hit. It finally gave her a follow-up in the U.S. to her initial hit ("Love to Love You Baby"), and made Number Six on the Hot 100 singles chart. It was also a huge hit in Europe, and became a Number One hit in the UK. "I Feel Love" firmly put Donna Summer in her place as the leading female artist of disco music.
Summer's sexually-oriented image seemed less prominent on this album, perhaps due to the slight departure from the regular disco sound and the fusion of this sound with the older sounding songs. In fact the lyrics to "Love's Unkind" in particular were very non-sexual compared to many of the love-themed songs Summer had recorded (the songs tells the story of a schoolgirl with a crush on one of her classmates). A couple of the "newer" styled songs on Side Two were slightly more of a sexual nature - namely "Take Me" and "I Feel Love". Around the same time as the album's release, Summer would further her reputation as a serious and credible artist when she was asked to record the theme song for the film The Deep by famous British composer John Barry. The song, "Down Deep Inside" was also released as a single and became another hit for Summer (Top 5 in the UK).
No doubt helped by the phenomenal success of "I Feel Love", the I Remember Yesterday album became her biggest so far. It went Top 20 in the U.S. being certitfied Platinum by the RIAA and made Number 3 in the UK. (to this day her highest chart placing for an album in that country). Not only that it produced several more hit singles in Europe, notably the title track (a UK Top 20 hit) and "Love's Unkind", which became a Number 3 hit in the UK, making it one of her biggest and mostly remembered hits there. "Back in Love Again" was also a European single and became a Top 40 in the UK as well.
"I Want Your Love" is an R&B/disco song composed by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers of Chic fame. The track appeared on their 1978 album, C'est Chic. Originally intended for then-protégés, Sister Sledge, "I Want Your Love" went on to become a slightly-less successful follow-up to their classic smash, "Le Freak" (also from C'est Chic).
Chic's "I Want Your Love" peaked at #7 (#5 R&B) on the Billboard Top 40 chart in March of 1979. The song remained on the charts for 19 weeks. In UK the song reached #4 (the highest position of any Chic singles) and spent 11 weeks on the UK's single chart.
 Track listings
Atlantic promo 12" DSKO 146 and 12" DK 4712 (1979)
* A. "I Want Your Love" - 6:53
* B. "(Funny) Bone" - 3:41
Atlantic 7" 3557 (January 29, 1979)
* A. "I Want Your Love (7" Edit) - 3:28
* B. "(Funny) Bone" - 3:41
Jody Watley cover
"I Want Your Love"
Single by Jody Watley
from the album The Makeover
Format Digital Download, CD Single, Vinyl
Genre Disco, House
Label Avitone Records
Writer(s) Bernard Edwards
Producer DJ Spinna
Jody Watley singles chronology
(2006) "I Want Your Love"
Singer/musician Jody Watley recorded "I Want Your Love" as part of her 2006 album, The Makeover. Watley's version was released as a single in 2007  and reached #1 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart for the week of June 16, 2007. The Watley cover was produced by DJ Spinna and featured Nile Rodgers on guitar. Chic co-founder (and co-writer of "I Want Your Love"), Bernard Edwards, had previously produced a massive hit for Watley in the form of her 1987 single, "Don't You Want Me".
US Digital Download
1. "I Want Your Love" (Soulcast Icon Mix)
2. "I Want Your Love" (Masi and Mellow Late Night Vocal Mix)
3. "I Want Your Love" (Morgan Page Sunset Strip Mix)
4. "I Want Your Love" (Angel Manuel Dirty Vox Mix)
5. "I Want Your Love" (Zoned Out Vintage Vox Mix)
6. "I Want Your Love" (Shawn Q Soltribe Mix)
7. "I Want Your Love" (Cristian Paduraru Vocal Mix)
8. "I Want Your Love" (Danny Krivit Edit)
9. "I Want Your Love" (Chin Digital House Party Mix)
10. "I Want Your Love" (Soulcast Radio Edit)
US CD single
1. "I Want Your Love" (Soulcast Icon Mix)
2. "I Want Your Love" (Morgan Page Sunset Strip Mix)
3. "I Want Your Love" (Masi + Mello Late Nite Vocal Mix)
4. "I Want Your Love" (Danny Krivitz's Original Re-Edit)
5. "I Want Your Love" (Soulcast Icon Radio Edit)
UK CD single
1. "I Want Your Love" (Soulcast UK Radio Edit)
2. "I Want Your Love" (Soulcast Icon Mix)
3. "I Want Your Love" (Wideboy's Club Mix)
4. "I Want Your Love" (Wideboy's Miami Mix)
5. "I Want Your Love" (Thomas Gold Remix)
Additional covers, remixes and sampling
* Paul Rutherford (formerly of Frankie Goes to Hollywood), covered "I Want Your Love" on his 1989 solo album, "Oh World".
* The Chic original is heavily sampled by remixer Albert Cabrera in his "Rascal" remixes for Brandy's song "Full Moon" (2002).
* Electronica musician, Ali Love, covered the song as part of his 2007 Secret Sunday Lover EP.
* R&B dance musician, Quentin Elias, also covered the song for is forthcoming untitled album in 2010.
* In 1999 Navigators (band) a late 1990s Swedish R&B hip hop duo released their third and most successful single "Superstar" which reached number 20 in Swedish Singles Chart and stayed there for 11 weeks. In the single "Superstar", Jassy and Avellán sampled bassline from Chic's classic I Want Your Love (song).
"So You Win Again" was arranged by Michael Zager whose presence on Douglas' 1978 album release Burnin resulted in a critical (if not commercial) upswing. Burnin also featured Douglas' version of the Bee Gees' "Night Fever" - not a Zager arrangement - which became Douglas' only UK chart entry at #66.
Café Créme - Discomania
Label:RSO Records, Inc.
Genre:Funk / Soul
A1 Discomania - Medley 10:10
A2 Unlimited Citations (Rock) - Medley 8:55
B1 Unlimited Citations (Slow) - Medley 11:37
B2 Tell Me Please Little Girl 2:28
B3 It Was Yesterday 2:15
B4 Twistin' In The Sixties 3:03
Bettye LaVette (born Betty Haskins on January 29, 1946) is an American soul singer-songwriter who recorded her first record at sixteen, but achieved only intermittent fame until 2005, with her album, I've Got My Own Hell to Raise. Her eclectic musical style combines elements of soul, blues, rock and roll, funk, gospel, and country music, which has prevented her from being easily marketed.
Life and career
LaVette was born in Muskegon, Michigan, and raised in Detroit. Unlike many of her contemporaries, she did not begin singing in the church, but in her parent's living room, singing R&B and country and western music. She was signed by Johnnie Mae Matthews, a local record producer. In 1962, aged sixteen, she recorded a single, "My Man - He's a Lovin' Man", with Matthews, which became a Top Ten R&B hit after Atlantic Records bought distribution rights. This led to a tour with rhythm and blues musicians Clyde McPhatter, Ben E. King, Barbara Lynn, and then-newcomer Otis Redding.
She next hit the charts with “Let Me Down Easy” on Calla in 1965. It is considered by many to be one of the greatest soul recordings of all time. This led to a brief stint with The James Brown Revue.
After recording several 45 rpm singles for local Detroit labels, in 1969 Bettye signed to the Silver Fox label. She cut a handful of tracks, including two Top 40 R&B hits: “He Made A Woman Out Of Me” and “Do Your Duty”. The Memphis studio musicians on these recordings have since become known as The Dixie Flyers.
In 1972, she signed once again with Atlantic/Atco. She was sent to Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama to record what was to be her first full length album. Titled Child of the Seventies, it was produced by Brad Shapiro and featured the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, now known as The Swampers. A publicity tour was booked, but at the last minute Bettye was called and told that they had cancelled the project, and asked for a return of the airplane tickets. She was never given an explanation and the devastation stayed with her for years to come. One single from the sessions. "Your Turn To Cry", was released, however, and ranks high on the lists of many deep soul collectors.
The mid 70s saw a brief stint and two 45s with Epic, and in 1978 she released the disco smash "Doin’ The Best That I Can". In 1982, she was signed by her hometown label, Motown, and sent to Nashville to record. The resulting LP, titled Tell Me A Lie, was produced by Steve Buckingham. The first single, “Right In The Middle (Of Falling In Love)” hit the R&B Top 40.
She briefly gave up recording for a six year run in the Broadway smash Bubbling Brown Sugar, appearing alongside both Honi Coles and Cab Calloway.
After LaVette had played her own personal mono recordings of Child of the Seventies for Gilles Petard, a French soul music collector, he requested to look for the master recordings at Atlantic, whose personnel had previously thought they had been lost in a fire some years back. In 1999, he finally discovered the masters and then licensed the album from Atlantic and released it in 2000 as Souvenirs on his Art and Soul label.
At the same time, Let Me Down Easy-Live In Concert, was issued by the Dutch Munich label. Both albums sparked a renewed interest in LaVette and in 2003, A Woman Like Me (produced by Grammy Award winner Dennis Walker) was released. The CD won the 2004 W. C. Handy Award for "Comeback Blues Album of the Year".
After being signed to The Rosebud Agency for live bookings, Rosebud president Mike Kappus brought her to the attention of Anti- Records president, Andy Kaulkin. Upon seeing Bettye perform, Kaulkin signed her to a three record deal. For the first project, he paired her with Grammy Award winning producer Joe Henry, and suggested an album of songs written entirely by women. The resulting CD, "I've Got My Own Hell to Raise", was on many critics’ “Best of 2005” lists. The title is taken from the lyrics of Fiona Apple's 1996 hit "Sleep to Dream", which is covered on the album. (Other notable songwriters on the album were Aimee Mann, Sinéad O'Connor, Lucinda Williams, Joan Armatrading, and Dolly Parton.) The album was released by ANTI- Records and produced by Joe Henry.
LaVette performing in Leuven, Belgium, in 2006
In 2006, capitalizing on the success of I've Got My Own Hell To Raise and the reviews of her live shows,Child of the Seventies was reissued by Rhino Handmade with some previously unreleased tracks, which was met with critical acclaim. Varese Sarabande then issued Take Another Little Piece Of My Heart, a CD containing all of the songs that she cut for Silver Fox and SSS International in 1969 and 1970. The CD included 3 unreleased tracks as well as two duets with Hank Ballard.
In 2006, she received a well-deserved “Pioneer Award” from The Rhythm and Blues Foundation.
Her 2007 album, The Scene of the Crime, was mostly recorded at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama with alt-rockers Drive-By Truckers. On it, she transforms country and rock songs written by Willie Nelson, Elton John, and Don Henley, among others, into devastating mini-dramas. The title of the disc references the now infamous Child of the Seventies LP. The Scene of the Crime was nominated for a Grammy Award for "Best Contemporary Blues Album" and landed on numerous "Best of 2007" lists. She recorded Child of the Seventies not at FAME but at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, which ceased operation in 2005. LaVette talks about her experiences at Muscle Shoals Sound and FAME in an interview conducted by Edd Hurt in September 2007. Rock/alt-country outfit Drive-By Truckers served as the back-up band for the album. Drive-By Truckers frontman, Patterson Hood, produced the album alongside LaVette. The album also features one song co-written by LaVette and Patterson Hood.
In 2008, she received a BMA (Blues Music Award) for “Best Contemporary Female Blues Singer”. 2008 also saw Reel Music re-issue on CD her Motown LP, Tell Me A Lie. The CD contains the original cover design that was not used when the album was released.
LaVette, live at Massey Hall in Toronto
In December 2008 at the Kennedy Center Honors, LaVette delivered a rendition of 1973's "Love, Reign o'er Me" in tribute to Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who, who were among the year's honorees. The performance was widely considered one of the event's highlights.
On January 18, 2009, she performed a duet at the We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial on Sam Cooke's 1964 song "A Change Is Gonna Come" with Jon Bon Jovi.
In April 2009 she shared the stage with Sir Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr at Radio City Music Hall for the David Lynch Foundation's "Change Begins Within" benefit concert promoting teaching Transcendental Meditation to children in inner city schools.
2009 saw Sundazed release the album on CD, Do Your Duty, which consists of her 11 solo tracks cut for Silver Fox and SSS International.
In June 2009 a 6 song EP, Change Is Gonna Come Sessions, was released as a download only on iTunes, Amazon, Zune, and Rhapsody.
In 2010, LaVette released Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook, which included unique arrangements and performances of classic songs by The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Animals, Pink Floyd, and more. Included is a studio version of her Kennedy Center Honors performance of the The Who's "Love Reign O'er Me." Once again, she has received critical acclaim for this release.
She has appeared on National Public Radio's Mountain Stage, World Cafe, All Things Considered and Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!. She has appeared in a Mississippi Public Broadcasting series, Blues Divas, and is in a film of the same name, both produced by award winning film maker, Robert Mugge. She has also appeared on Late Night with David Letterman, The Conan O'Brien Show, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Austin City Limits.
LaVette is married to Kevin Kiley, a recorded music and antiques dealer who is also a singer and musician. They live in West Orange, New Jersey.
LaVette also joined the 9th and 10th annual Independent Music Awards judging panel to assist independent musicians' careers. 
* Tell Me a Lie - Motown (1982) (LP only) (CD Released on Reel Music, May 2008,
* Not Gonna Happen Twice - Motor City (1990) (Import CD)
* Nearer to You: The SSS Recordings - Charly (1990) (Import CD)
* The Very Best of the Motor City Recordings - Motor City (1996) (CD)
* Bluesoul Belles the Complete Calla Recordings - West Side (1999) (Import CD), EMI INT'L (2005) (Import CD)
* Souvenirs - (Original previously unreleased Atco LP from 1973), Art & Soul (2000) (Import CD)
* Bettye LaVette: Let Me Down Easy In Concert - Munich (2000) (Import CD)
* Let Me Down Easy in Concert - Munich (2001)
* A Woman Like Me - Blues Express (2003) (CD)
* Vanthology: A Tribute to Van Morrison (Various Artists) - Evidence (2003) (CD)
* Track: "Real Real Gone"
* I've Got My Own Hell to Raise - ANTI- (2005) (CD), Dbk Works (LP)
* Get in the Groove - Live (Various Artists) - Norton (2005) (CD)
* Tracks: "Night Time Is the Right Time", "Tailfeather Finale"
* The Complete Cala, Port and Roulette Recordings with Carol Fran (2005) (Stateside Records) 
* Take Another Little Piece Of My Heart: The Classic Late '60s Memphis Recordings with The Dixie Flyers - Varese Sarabande (2006) (CD)
* Child of the Seventies: The Complete Atlantic/Atco Recordings - Rhino Handmade (2006) (CD)
* Do Your Duty: The Complete Silver Fox/SSS Recordings - Sundazed (2006) (LP)
* What's Going On - The Dirty Dozen Brass Band - Shoutfactory (2006) (CD)
* Track: "What's Happening Brother"
* Song of America - Various Artists - Thirty Tigers (2007) (CD)
* Track: "Streets of Philadelphia"
* The Scene of the Crime - ANTI- (2007) (CD) (LP)
* Do Your Duty: The Complete Silver Fox/SSS Recordings - Sundazed (2009) (CD)
* "A Change is Gonna Come Sessions" - Anti- (2009) (Digital download only EP)
* Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook - ANTI- (2010) (CD)
* "My Man - He's a Lovin' Man"/"Shut Your Mouth" - Atlantic 2160 (1962) (No 7 R&B)
* "You'll Never Change"/"Here I Am" - Atlantic 2198 (1963)
* "Witchcraft in the Air"/"You Killed the Love" - LuPine 123 (1963)
* "(Happiness Will Cost You) One Thin Dime" - Scepter (1964) (unreleased)
* "Let Me Down Easy"/"What I Don't Know (Won't Hurt Me)" Calla 102 (1965) (No 20 R&B)
* "I Feel Good All Over"/"Only Your Love Can Save Me" - Calla 104 (1965)
* "Cry Me a River" - Calla (1965) (unreleased)
* "She Don't Love You Like I Love You" - Calla (1965) (unreleased)
* "I'm Just a Fool for You"/"Stand Up Like a Man" - Calla 106 (1966)
* "I'm Holding On"/"Tears in Vain" - Big Wheel (1969, 1966)
* "Almost"/"Love Makes the World Go Round" - Karen 1540 (1968)
* "Get Away"/"What Condition My Condition Is In" - Karen 1544 (1968)
* "A Little Help from My Friends"/"Hey Love" - Karen 1545 (1969)
* "Let Me Down Easy"/"Ticket to the Moon" - Karen 1548 (1969)
* "He Made a Woman Out of Me"/"Nearer to You" - Silver Fox 17 (1969) (No 25 R&B)
* "Do Your Duty"/Love's Made a Fool Out of Me" - Silver Fox 21 (1970) (No 38 R&B)
* "Games People Play"/"My Train's Comin' In" - Silver Fox 24 (1970)
* "Piece of My Heart"/"At the Mercy of a Man" - SSS International 839 (1970)
* "He Made a Woman Out of Me"/"My Train's Coming In" - SSS Int'l 933 (1970)
* "Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go" (with Hank Ballard) - SSS International 946 (c. 1970)
* "Hello, Sunshine" (with Hank Ballard) - SSS International (c. 1970) (unreleased)
* "I'm in Love" - Silver Fox (1970) (unreleased)
* "We Got to Slip Around" - SSS International (c. 1970) (unreleased)
* "Easier to Say (Than Do)" - SSS International (c. 1970) (unreleased)
* "Never My Love"/"Stormy" - TCA 001 (1971)
* "Heart of Gold"/"You'll Wake Up Wiser" - Atco 6891 (1972)
* "Your Turn to Cry"/"Soul Tambourine" - Atco 6913 (1973)
* "Thank You for Loving Me"/"You Made a Believer Out of Me" - Epic 50143 (1975) (No 94 R&B)
* "Behind Closed Doors"/"You're a Man of Words, I'm a Woman of Action" - Epic 50177 (1975)
* "Feelings" - (1978) (unreleased)
* "Shoestring" - (1978) (unreleased)
* "Doin' the Best I Can Pt. 1"/"Doin' the Best I Can Pt. 2" - West End 1213 (1978)
* "Right in the Middle (Of Falling in Love)"/"You've Seen One You've Seen 'em All" - Motown 1532 (1982) (No 35 R&B)
* "I Can't Stop"/"Either Way We Lose" - Motown 1614 (1982)
* "Trance Dance Pt. 1"/"Trance Dance Pt. 2" - Street King (1984)
* "Not Gonna Happen Twice" - Motor City (1990) (UK only)
* "Damn Your Eyes"/"Out Cold" - Bar None (1997) (Cassette only)